These valleys are situated in the Bruaroraefi
Interior of the North East. They were inhabited in the past
and one of them, Laugarvalladalur, has thermal activity, a bathing
pool, and a refuge hut. The mountain trails for 4wd vehicles are
clearly marked on the maps of the country, but the shortest route lies
from the farm Bru, and from the crossings on road # 1 near Modrudalur
or Jokuldalsheidi. From The Bruar Valleys, a canyon called Hafrahvamma-
and Dimma-Canyon is nearby.
The present farm
Bru, referred to earlier, was actually situated in the middle of a
relatively densely populated area in the past, a whole parish indeed.
The parsonage was called Bakkastadur and its ruins are still there.
The legend tells us
about great festivities there one Christmas. The people were singing
and dancing loudly in the cemetery on Christmas evening, when the
devil pulled it and everyone in it down to hell. Quite a few other
farms are documented in the area and after this event, people have
been aware of ghosts and wandering spirits there.
Iceland saga Trail